Monday, August 07, 2006

Artemus Millet

This is one of our more famous (by Mormon standards anyway) relatives.

Artemus Millet was born in 1790 in New Hampshire. He was a builder, farmer and a stonemason. He was converted to the gospel by Brigham Young in 1833. He became the chief superintendent of the building of the Kirtland Temple, and also helped in the construction of the Nauvoo temple. He moved to Utah in 1850, and died there in 1874.

Apparently, he kept a good personal history, but his housekeeper burned it after he died. For more information about him, see this article.

In the book, "Remembering Joseph", a story is recounted how Artemus had become afflicted with cholera. Joseph Smith Sr, and his brother John came and administered to Artemus, but the blessing did not heal him. He said the pain was so excruciating that his pain was heard by the prophet Joseph who was approximately 250 yds. away. Artemus was told that he called out "Let Joseph Smith Jun. come and lay his hands on me and I shall be healed and know it." but he does not recall saying it. The prophet came to the home, which was crowded with people, and laying his hands on Artemus' head "asked God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ to heal" Artemus. The sickness he was experiencing stopped immediately, and Artemus says he began to get better at that very moment.

By the way Dad--- The PAF file you sent me has his name spelled Artemas, rather than Artemus, as all the other histories of him are spelled.


Blogger Brent said...

Spelling was a relative thing during in those times.

2:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my dad's name was Norman Millett. I have found out that I am related to artemas. would like to know the story of him being converted and about the kirkland temple

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wikipedia for the Kirtland Temple has recently updated to list Millet. There are 4 articles that are very good listed. See also the discussion page.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Paige said...

I am related to him to from direct lineage. My dad was lucky enough to be able to read his son's journal and record it in a typed version. It was pretty fun to read. I noticed the one t for Millett. I suppose yes that spelling was relative in those times. Maybe that's where the second t came in.

12:26 PM  

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